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Graduate Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships are available to students in the Biology graduate programs (subject to confirmation of funding availability). Unless otherwise specified, a STANDARD application will consist of the following:

Incomplete applications will be considered ineligible. The deadline for submission is 12 noon on the dates noted below. Late applications will be ineligible.

February 15th

Robert and Ruth Lumsden Fellowships in Science (4)

Awarded annually to graduate students in any program in the Faculty of Science, with one fellowship reserved for students in the Department of Earth Sciences. Nominees must be registered in a Ph.D. program and must have completed at least two years of study in any graduate program at Western. Exceptional international students may also be considered. These fellowships were made possible by a bequest to Foundation Western by the late Ruth V. Lumsden (BA '79) and Robert O. Lumsden (BA '78).

Application: Students must submit an NSERC PGS-D application form including two current reference letters, as well as unofficial transcripts for all educational institutions.

Value: $1,000

Robert and Ruth Lumsden Graduate Awards in Science (2)

Awarded annually to graduate students in any Ph.D. graduate program in the Faculty of Science, based on financial need and academic achievement. Nominees must be either a Canadian citizen or Landed Immigrant and must have resided in the Province of Ontario for at least two years. Eligibility requires that students will have completed two full years of study at UWO in a graduate program in the Faculty of Science, maintained a minimum of B+ (78%) average over the two year period and the student must not hold a major scholarship or award such as NSERC or OGS. At the time of nomination, the student should be receiving only the minimum total stipend which is normally guaranteed by the home department. These fellowships were made possible by a bequest to Foundation Western by the late Ruth V. Lumsden (BA '79) and Robert O. Lumsden (BA '78).

Application: Students must submit a letter of application along with a current C.V. and a Summary of Financial Information Form (OSOTF Awards form)

Value: $1,000 each

July 15th

Dr. Irene Uchida Fellowships in Life Sciences (2)

Two fellowships to be awarded annually to full-time graduate students in the Biology graduate program who have demonstrated financial need. Must be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident/Landed Immigrant or a Protected Person and meet the OSOTF requirements including OSAP Ontario Residency: You have always resided in Ontario OR Ontario is the last province you resided in for 12 consecutive months without being a full-time postsecondary student (high school education must have been in Ontario). To view the OSAP Ontario Residency requirements, please go to the following link: https://www.ontario.ca/education-and-training/whos-considered-ontario-resident

Final selection will be based on academic excellence which includes grade point average and other scholarly activities (e.g., publications and presentations). Only students who have completed at least one year of graduate studies at Western University by the award date (September 1st) will be eligible.

Application: STANDARD plus the following items as applicable:

Value: $3,000 each

Ruth Horner Arnold Fellowship

This fellowship is awarded annually to a first year graduate student in the Department of Biology with preference given to a student doing research in the field of mycology. This fellowship is awarded in memory of the late Ruth Horner Arnold by Dr. John Arnold and colleagues.

Application: STANDARD

Value: $3,000 to be divided by 1, 2 or 3 students.

J.D. Detwiler Award

Awarded for demonstrated excellence to any graduate student registered in the Biology Graduate Program who has completed his/her assessment. This award was established in memory of Professor John D. Detwiler by his former students to reward excellence in the studies and research or graduate students and consequently may not be awarded every year.

Application: STANDARD

Value: $1,500

Malcolm Ferguson Award in Life Sciences

Awarded to a full-time graduate student enrolled in a M.Sc. or PhD degree program in Biology based on academic performance (minimum 78%) and overall research contributions. Research contributions will be evaluated primarily based on refereed publications and presentations at national or international conferences. This award was established through Foundation Western in memory of Malcolm Ferguson by his wife Ruth to recognize his lifetime interest in Life Sciences and to reward excellence in the studies and research of graduate students in this field.

Application: STANDARD

Value: $1,000

Dr. René R. Roth Memorial Award

Awarded annually to a full-time graduate student pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree in the Biology graduate program with a high standing in academics and research. Preference will be given to an international student or landed immigrant. This memorial award was established by family and friends of Dr. René Roth to honour his contributions at Western.

Application: STANDARD

Value: $1,000

David E. Laudenbach Scholarship

To recognize the contributions of a graduate student in the Biology Graduate Program who exemplifies a balance of research with the commitments of university, social and/or family activities. Minimum academic average of 78% required.

Application: STANDARD

Value: $400

Fall Competitions

GRADUATE TRAVEL

The following travel awards are available to students in the Biology graduate programs (subject to confirmation of funding availability). Unless otherwise specified, a STANDARD TRAVEL application will consist of the following:

March 1st

Biology Graduate Student Travel Award

Graduate students must be presenting at a conference or workshop (oral/poster/other) to qualify for funding. Priority for funding will go to those students who are presenting at a conference important to their academic career but whose supervisors are unable to cover the costs associated with the travel. Priority will also be given to students attending national or international conferences.

Application: STANDARD TRAVEL

November 15th

Biology Graduate Student Travel Award

Graduate students must be presenting at a conference or workshop (oral/poster/other) to qualify for funding. Priority for funding will go to those students who are presenting at a conference important to their academic career but whose supervisors are unable to cover the costs associated with the travel. Priority will also be given to students attending national or international conferences.

Application: STANDARD TRAVEL

Michael Locke Graduate Travel Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time student in the Biology graduate program based on academic merit. Candidates must have achieved an academic average of 78%. The scholarship will be granted to the qualified applicant with the highest academic average.

Application: STANDARD TRAVEL plus a one-page proposal outlining how the scholarship will help the applicant achieve his/her career objectives.

Value: $500

Michael Locke Graduate Travel Bursary

Awarded to a full-time student in the Biology graduate Program based on financial need. Recipients must use the bursary to present their research at scientific conferences or attend specialized training course for technical workshops. To be included with the application is a one-page proposal outlining how the bursary will assist the applicant in achieving his/her career objective.

Application: STANDARD TRAVEL plus a one-page proposal outlining how the scholarship will help the applicant achieve his/her career objectives.

Value: $500 (biennally or as funds permit)